I have gotten pretty good at online Scrabble and I rarely lose. Alas, this makes me a bit of a loser. Playing online (with the Scrabble dictionary) is a bit of a skill in itself apart from the usual double words of friendly play. Rather than a big word, the ideal formation in this Scrabble is something akin to a square. A tight bunch of usually nonsensical words which make for a bunch of score in one turn. Also, whoever gets the high scoring K, J, X, Q and Z tends to win. Since words like ko, jo, xi, qi and za are permissible this leads to numerous double and triple word bombs. I previously thought this Scrabble dictionary was bullshit, it includes words like nae, kat and others humans never really use. The titles of what seems like the entire Hebrew alphabet for example. However, being rules, it tends to make for a good game as long as everybody follows the same.
The video above details some of the basic ways to play, and some ways to play dirty. The making stuff up doesn’t work online cause the dictionary is built in. Everybody looks stuff up and the computer kicks out anything invalid. The other tips seem to work though. One other thing I discovered is that someone being an ass, scoring shitty conservative words that close the board and passing a lot can actually trick a more ‘skilled’ player. I just lost to a guy who kept waiting for me to open up the board. I don’t think I’ll do that again.